Earlier this month, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) announced that it is partnering with Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS) to encourage the adoption of children with Down syndrome.
According to an article published by The Preston Citizen, OUR is a nonprofit organization that seeks to liberate children who have been forced into sex-trafficking, and RODS is a nonprofit that educates families about how to adopt children with Down syndrome and helps facilitate adoptions through grants. Recently, OUR has been working on a project called “Children Need Families,” and has partnered with RODS, gifting it $1 million dollars in an effort to increase adoption awareness and help prevent sex-trafficking from taking place.
RODS founder, Brady Murray, discussed the collaboration in a recent interview:
“One of the best ways to help children is to make sure they don’t get there [the sex-slave trade]. (Being raised in a loving home) is a preventative measure.”
Since its founding in 2012, RODS has helped facilitate nearly 50 Down syndrome adoptions, and has located 491 other children with Down syndrome waiting to be adopted in orphanages across the globe. Through their newfound partnership, RODS and OUR hope to place many of these children into loving homes in the months ahead.